Saturday, December 6, 2014

Activity Advent Calendar

A gift for the nieces! I have been wanting to try and make one of these forever and finally, my nieces are old enough to appreciate the activities!

I used Elizabeth's (the genius behind the Oh, Fransson! blog) advent calendar for inspiration.

(she could be the next Vanna, don't you think?!)
 I considered making a version that would have large enough pockets for gifts instead of doing activities; my boss does this for her two boys and she wraps each of the gifts and puts them in the pockets. That is fifty gifts to wrap. 50! That is before you even get to the ones that go under the tree! I know I would not have the patience for that (or money) so I decided that the activities were the way to go.

I used the following as activities for the cards. I made way more than 25 cards, partly because I couldn't decide which ones I liked best, but also so my sister-in-law could change the activities as the girls grow up. I sewed a little pocket on the back to keep the extras.
Make Christmas Rice Krispies Treats
Pick out a Christmas Tree
Make a gingerbread house
Go to a Christmas parade
Holiday light scavenger hunt
Make a snow angel family in the yard
Go to a Christmas play, concert or recital
Write a letter to Santa
Decorate the Christmas tree
Make a popcorn garland
Make paper snowflakes
Read a Christmas book
Have hot cocoa with candy canes
Watch Elf
Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas
Watch Mickey's Christmas Carol
Watch Frosty the Snowman
Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Watch Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer
Watch Home Alone
Watch A Christmas Story
Watch the Nightmare Before Christmas
Watch National Lampoons Christmas
Watch Miracle on 34th Street
Go sled riding
Go ice skating
Pajama party - get in the car in your PJs and drive around to see holiday lights
Have a snowball fight
Make Christmas cookies
Make Christmas candy
Decorate your bedroom door for Christmas
Wrap Christmas presents
Have a Christmas music dance party
Donate gifts to the less fortunate
Write and mail Christmas cards
Christmas scavenger hunt in the house
Visit Santa at the mall
Go Christmas shopping
Get holiday family photos taken
Surprise! Unwrap a present early!
St. Nicholas Eve! (December 5) Place your shoes outside your bedroom door.
Family sleepover in front of the Christmas tree
Build a snowman
All together, there were 45 activities, and I put some blank cards in just in case they came up with some fun ideas they wanted to try. I printed the cards on white cardstock and covered both sides with contact paper so they were a bit more durable.

Overall, I am pretty happy about this project, and I can't wait to make one for my kiddos (yes, #2 is on the way!!). But for now, it's nice to be able to try these things out on my nieces - and they have fun being my guinea pigs, too.

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